Our annual power rankings is to feature the top 10 Armenian artists who exceeded in media production and gained the highest command with fans on ArmenianPulse.com.
In the year 2012, we have chosen 10 exceptional artists who have defined the Armenian show business and pushed its limits to the max!
From multiple number 1 hits, concert sell outs and in one case, a groundbreaking Hollywood movie featuring an Armenian character, the year 2012 proved to us all, with the right talent and perseverance, we as Armenians can achieve anything!
Many other artists were very close in making our list but alas we had to go through our numbers on ArmenianPulse.com and choose the top 10. Other notable artists who almost made the list are Harout Balyan, Andre, Super Sako, Anahit Simonyan, Hayko, Christine Pepelyan and Arman Hovhannisyan.
Without further ado, lets break down our top 10 artists!
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Master Producer, Der Hova comes in at number 10! Der Hova is one of the most sought after music producers in Armenia, Europe and the Diaspora. His productions have been featured in both the Eurovision and JR Eurovision Song contests multiple times throughout the years. Most recently he has branched out into singing, his debut came in the form of a duet with long time popular Armenian singer Hasmik Karapetyan, with their hit song ‘Anhnar@’. With multiple number one hits and an expanding award shelf, Der Hova comes in at number 10 in our 2012 power rankings! *Winner of Best Producer at the 2012 Armenian Pulse Music Awards
Very popular Armenian singer/songwriter Silva Hakobyan comes in at number 9! From the first year Silva started to sing, she possessed the overwhelming talent in creating and delivering some of the most memorable and catchy Armenian pop songs and ballads. Her family is also heavily involved in the success of the young beauty. One of the most loved artists by fans. Throughout her career, Silva has amassed a plethora of distinguished awards! With two chart toppers this year and one incredibly memorable song in ‘Ushacel Em’, Silva Hakobyan comes in at number 9 in our 2012 power rankings!
One of the fastest rising stars of Armenia, Mihran Tsarukyan comes in at number 8! Mihran shot to fame after his participation in Hye Superstar (Armenian Idol) back in 2006. Since then he has amassed some of the most popular Armenian songs to date. His starring acting roll in the Armenian soap opera ‘Djvar Abrust’ has made Mihran a household name and loved by many. In 2012, he released his highly anticipated album and toured countries around the world with his first showcase in Los Angeles. Mihran Tsarukyan comes in at number 8 in our 2012 power rankings!
World renowned artist Andy Madadian comes in at number 7! Andy is a legend in his own right! With multiple new song releases and videos in 2012, Andy has never skipped a beat. Besides the countless private parties Andy performs in around the world, his 2012 sold out concert at the Greek Theater was one of his best! Andy and Shani’s hit song ‘DJ’ continues to be one of the top requested songs on Armenian Pulse Radio. Andy Madadian comes in at number 7 in our 2012 power rankings! *Winner of Best World Artist at the 2012 Armenian Pulse Music Awards
Armenian pop star Lilit Hovhannisyan comes in at number 6! No one inhabits the Armenian pop genre better that Lilit Hovhannisyan. She has redefined the Armenian music scene to that of major American and European markets. In 2012 she had multiple number 1 hits, such as ‘Im Srtin Asa’ , ‘Too Too Too’ , ‘Te Axjik Lineir’ and of course the massive hit ballad ‘Es Em Horinel’. Lilit captures the essence of the pop princess title with her style, voice and dance moves. Lilit Hovhannisyan is heavily favorited by fans to represent Armenia in this years Eurovision Song Contest. Lilit Hovhannisyan comes in at number 6 in our 2012 power rankings!
Brilliant comedian Kev Orkian comes in at number 5! Kev Orkian is one of UK’s fastest rising stars and loved by millions throughout the world. Highly demanded by Armenian Diaspora, Kev frequently visits the states for shows and hosting gigs. But what propelled the funny musician to star power is his semi final appearance on Britain’s Got Talent where he wowed all of England! Soon after, Kev Orkian appeared as a special act for Prince Philips 89th Birthday party and just this past holiday season, Kev was on prime time British television with global superstar, opera singer, Katherine Jenkins! Kev Orkian comes in at number 5 in our 2012 power rankings!
Armenian pop superstar Sofi Mkheyan comes in at number 4! Sofi Mkheyan has had a very busy year in 2012. As one of the judges for The Voice (Armenia) she has the responsibility to find the next “Voice”, the next star of Armenia! Along with her new full time duties as judge, she has still brought us multiple hits and videos. In 2012, her songs ‘Uzum Em Xosel’, ‘Mama’, ‘2012’ and ‘Hayastani Erge’ all made the top 10 requested songs on APR and her video for ‘2012’ broke new grounds in the Armenian pop scene. Never to disappoint us, Sofi Mkheyan comes in at number 4 in our 2012 power rankings! *Winner of Best Pop Female Artist at the 2012 Armenian Pulse Music Awards
Loved by all, popular Armenian singer Armenchik comes in at number 3! In 2012, Armenchik had more hits than we can count. After his highly anticipated album ‘The Armenians’ was released late last year, with multiple chart toppers, the singer kept on introducing to his fans new material in the form of singles and videos. Armenchik also toured the US and Europe and ended the year with a Christmas themed, lavish sold out concert in Las Vegas. Armenchik comes in at number 3 in our 2012 power rankings! *Winner of Best Dance Video and Best Album at the 2012 Armenian Pulse Music Awards
Armenian pop queen Sirusho comes in at number 2! Sirusho is no doubt one of the most popular Armenian female singers in Armenia and is well known and respected throughout Europe. In 2012, Sirusho continued to break new grounds and pave the way in creating and producing quality work. Always on tour, she still finds the time to amaze her fans with her hit songs and video. Sirusho’s most recent blockbuster is the song ‘PreGomesh’ which was inspired by Komitas ‘Lorva Gutanerg’, a folk song collected, analyzed and notated by Komitas. Sirusho comes in at number 2 in our 2012 power rankings! *Winner of Best Female Artist at the 2012 Armenian Pulse Music Awards
Multi talented actor, director and writer Vahik Pirhamzei comes in at number 1! Vahik Pirhamzei’s play ‘Honest Liars’ was the biggest Armenian stage play with 15 sold out performances and with over 10,000 in attendance! In 2012 Vahik achieved the highest level of media production, his movie ‘My Uncle Rafael’ was the first Hollywood film which featured an Armenian character (also developed, written and acted by Vahik). ‘My Uncle Rafael’ had a theatrical run of over 6 weeks in major theaters in the US and Canada. Vahik was recognized by the Los Angeles and Glendale City counsels for his work in bringing revenue and community excellence to both cities. Vahik Pirhamzei comes in at number 1 in our 2012 power rankings!
We would like to congratulate all our exceptional artists for their hard work, dedication to our culture and specially their talents. We would also like to thank all other artists who were not mentioned here, we believe the Armenian entertainment world is fast on the rise to greatness! We look forward to seeing what new projects are in store for the year 2013! Till our next power rankings, we bid you all farewell!